Erik Nitsche (September 7, 1908 - November 14, 1998) was a Swiss-born designer who, after moving to the United States at the age of 26, had a long and successful career as a graphic designer and art director. He's most famous for the work he did for General Dynamics, the engineering company, but also created many iconic record album and book covers. I love his abstract geometric images humanized by delicate color palettes. Enjoy!
James Flora, children's book author, magazine illustrator, creator of some of the most zany & memorable album art covers of all time. Remember albums?? Check out the Jim Flora website, run by his family and heirs. There you can learn & see lots more plus purchase fine art prints.
Alex Steinweiss was the man who basically invented the album cover. Before him, record sets were sold in book-like albums with brown paper interior sleeves containing multiple records, and the covers were simply plain, like the old photo albums or scrapbooks.
Steinweiss convinced his bosses at Columbia records to invest in the equipment to print on these covers. They started with generic covers that would leave a space for the album titles, and then gradually each album would have it's own conceptual design, as we know it today.
For more covers and info, visit Poul Webb's blog here.
Aka Otto Aicher (1922 – 1991) was a German graphic designer best known for creating the stick figures that we see in use on modern international signage (think restroom man & woman symbols) for the 1972 Munich Olympics. He also created the Rotis font family. I believe these are record album covers from around 1950.